Representing Place

Images for discussion: Feb 3

Posted in maps by Owen on February 3, 2010

Readings for this week:

  • Don Mitchell, Cultural Geography (2000): Chapter 5 (“Metaphors to Live By”).
  • Denis Wood, The Power of Maps (1992): Chapter 4 (“The Interest the Map Serves is Masked”).
  • Rob Kitchin & Martin Dodge, “Rethinking Maps” in Progress in Human Geography (2007).
  • Vincent DelCasino & Stephen Hanna, “Beyond the ‘Binaries’” in ACME (2005).
  • Michael Brown & Lawrence Knopp, “Queering the Map” in Annals of the Association of American Geographers (2008).

Northwest Lesbian and Gay History Project Historical Map of Seattle
The map charts sites of historical importance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) folks over the Twentieth Century in Seattle. It features nearly 200 venues that include bars, community groups, religious congregations, protest sites, and early group homes and apartments. “Claiming Space” illustrates the shift of the community from Pioneer Square towards Capitol Hill and beyond, but also includes insets on other areas such as Queen Anne Hill, Wallingford, and the University District. The map illustrates both the concentration and dispersion of LGBT experience in the city, demonstrating how the geography and history of this community are thoroughly intertwined. Those who think the geography of gay Seattle is confined to Capitol Hill will be surprised by this map.
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